Deconstructing Meritocracy and Understanding School Funding

I created the activity on the right as a means to help students understand the relationship between property taxes and school funding. As I used the activity, I realized that it also served to highlight the problems inherent in an uncritical belief in meritocracy, especially as it relates to schools. These slides represent both parts of the activity (a faux tax worksheet and an educational resources test).
 
Carolyne Ali-Khan, Brian Zoellner, and I write about this issue in the article below.
White, J.W., Ali-Khan, C., & Zoellner, B. (2017). Deconstructing meritocracy in the college classroom. College Teaching, 65(2), 1-15.